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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: May 7, 2013 1:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH '78

Not the best or most famous show on this date but I've always enjoyed the vibe of this show. You really get the impression that the band is into it and having fun even if the playing doesn't elevate it to an all-time classic.
The highlights of the first set are the Jerry songs, especially FOTD (amongst the best of the post retirement versions IMO) bookended by good versions of Jack Straw (pretty hot but oddly slow) and Music Never Stopped.
The second set is a fun one too. I've always had a soft spot for this Scarlet>Fire. Scarlet is a fairly unremarkable version and if you don't have much tolerance for Donna's moaning in the transition jam then you might do well to just skip ahead to the Fire on the Mountain. A little bit of a slow start again but the 2nd solo gets quite hot and stirs the crowd up and then the unique sort of vocal "volleying" that they get into in the last chorus is so much fun to me. They finish it up with a pretty orching closing solo. The fun continues into Estimated Prophet with lots of nice little touches from everybody. The other big highlight for me is the Black Peter which is one of my all time favorites. Jerry puts a lot of passion into the lyrics this time and carries it on through the solo at the end. So much so that the rest of the band seems to be having trouble keeping up with him at times. Finally, they close things out with a typically rollicking '78 Around and Around.
Maybe not the best show of the year or even the tour but lots of fun and unique moments make it a show that you should certainly hear once.

This is a very nice aud that captures the energy of the evening. It starts out a little rough but the quality improves vastly a minute or two into the Jack Straw opener.
http://archive.org/details/gd1978-05-07.fob.glassberg.motb.83498.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: clashcity Date: May 8, 2013 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '78

I agree. I have always loved this show for the same reasons - just spoke to me or some such...

Certainly not the best show of '78 by many measures but certainly one of my favorites.

Must give it a listen as it has been quite a while!

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Poster: craven714 Date: May 8, 2013 10:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH '78

Finally got around to this one. You sum it up nicely.
I would not let SDH listen to that Music Never Stopped
for Pete's sake. That could level a city block.

I would echo your take on the Scarlet>Fire, Est, and Black
Peter. They sound intimate, dainty and tight. But don't
google those words together...

excellent rec.